Arsenal are set to be without Shkodran Mustafi for Saturday's Premier League match against Watford as the defender's thigh injury continues to be assessed, according to widespread reports on Tuesday. Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Wenger admitted he has "defensive concerns" going into the match with Marco Silva's impressive outfit. The Germany global could be sidelined for up to six weeks.
Nacho Monreal is expected to be available, but Laurent Koscielny has been nursing a troublesome Achilles which flared up before the worldwide break, while Calum Chambers is recovering from a groin problem.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits they may not see Shkodran Mustafi until the New Year.
"First of all, I was not sure he would play".
"Jack is in the best form I've seen him in for a long time", Wenger said. "We have to cope with that now".
"At the moment, he's not available", commented Wenger. "It looks like if he survives the test he is capable to play".
"If he has no pain on his Achilles then he will play". I will decide that tomorrow. "He trained on his own and the signs were positive so we will test him on Friday".
Concerningly right now is that Arsenal's only fit central defenders are Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal.
"Not all the players are back".
Attack: Mesut Ozil is back in contention after recovering from a knee injury that's kept him out for the last four games so the German schemer could get a recall in attack this weekend. "He played a complete season at Middlesbrough. Mentally, I will have to assess the situation when he comes back tomorrow". "It's important to keep them during that period".